Photos: A day at the solar boat races

Solar-powered boats race over rivers, lakes, canals and waterways at the Frisian Nuon Solar Challenge in the Netherlands from June 26 to July 1. Boats follow the 136 mile route of the Frisian Eleven Cities ice skating race in a quest to promote alternative energy resources.

The guiding rule of this race is that the boats can be powered by only solar energy. Assistance from wind, humans or animals is strictly forbidden.

FNSC Solar Challenge

By Bill Detwiler

Bill Detwiler is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the ...